Niger Tornadoes may have relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), but they are waxing stronger in the Aiteo Cup.
In a semifinal match played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, the Minna club on Thursday beat favourites Rivers United 2-1 to reach the final of the 2019 Aiteo Cup.
Eric Frimpong – younger brother of Joetex Frimpong, shot the Minna side into the lead 10 minutes after kickoff, but Kehinde Adedipe restored parity for The Pride of Rivers six minutes later.
Dosso Saib fetched the match winner a minute before the half time break, and Tornadoes defended in large numbers all through the second period to secure the win.
It is the second time Tornadoes would reach the Cup final in 19 years. They won the cup in 2000.
Niger Tornadoes will now meet the winner between Kano Pillars and Calabar Rovers in the 2019 Aiteo Cup final slated for Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.